Deck the Halls with Cell Phones and iPods?

iPod Christmas Ornament Walking through my local Target the other day, my husband, my daughter and I decided to meander through the Christmas area that is tucked away in the back corner of the store. It is seriously hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that Christmas is less than two months away.

My daughter and I slowly looked through the rows of sparkling glass ornaments. She is four years old and completely giddy with excitement that Santa’s visit is just weeks away. There were the typical snowmen, reindeer and Santa Clauses lining the walls. Then we looked through the assortment of Doras, Spongebobs and Disney princesses. And then out of the corner of my eye, I spotted some cell phone and iPod glass ornaments. I let out a little chuckle because this certainly demonstrates how tech-focused our society really is today.

Cellphone Christmas Ornament I didn’t purchase the cell phone or iPod ornament for my tree that day. Though, I think I will go back and buy them now. Every year, my tree is filled with ornaments that reflect the personalities, hobbies and memories of my family. And I live in a house of gizmo nuts. My husband and my daughter argue over who gets to use the one iPad. So, I think my tree should reflect that gizmo-mania. Don’t you?

So, deck the halls with cell phones and iPods? Sure. Why not? I’ll just stick the cellphone ornament next to the one of Princess Leia in the gold bikini. And let me just tell you, the Princess Leia one doesn’t belong to my daughter.

iOS 4.2 Released to Developers

Apple started notifying iOS developers that version 4.2 is in GM status and available for download.

In addition to fixing the iOS 4.1 DST bug, iOS 4.2 will bring the following features to the iPad:
– Multitasking
– Folders
– AirPlay wireless music, movie, and photo streaming
– Printing support over wireless networks
– Game Center for multiplayer and social gaming
– Unified and improved Mail inbox
– Search text within Safari
– Enhanced enterprise support
– Accessibility enhancements
– Keyboard and dictionary enhancements

iOS 4.1 DST Bug causes Europe to Oversleep

Time warp A couple of weeks ago New Zealand and Australia iOS 4.1 device owners lost an hour of beauty sleep thanks to a bug in iOS 4.1. People with recurring alarms had their alarms trigger an hour earlier when the countries switched to DST.

While Apple states that the bug will be fixed in a software update, the fix has yet to appear. Unfortunately for our friends in the UK and other European countries, their DST ended this past weekend causing iOS 4.1 European users to oversleep by an hour.

While some hope the iOS 4.1 bug will be fixed by November 7th, which is when DST ends in the US and Canada, I plan to oversleep an hour and blame Apple if I don’t get an iOS update.

Apple’s iOS 4 ready for download

Apple iOS 4 Released Apple released iOS 4 today available for download through iTunes 9.2. Some of the 100 features include multitasking, folders, better unified email, new iBooks app, playlist creation from your iPhone, 5x digital zoom, tap to focus video, faces and places in Photos, home screen wallpaper, Gift apps (to send apps to family and friends as a gift), spell checking and wireless keyboard support.

There are some serious reasons to upgrade, but are you going to move away from your jailbroken iPhone? Oh, you want to jailbreak your iPhone?

Khaki TV Visor

Khaki TV Visor The Khaki TV Visor fits most MP3 players including the iPod and iPhone and provides a movie theater experience or virtual reality experience on the go.

The TV Visor experience sets you apart from the crowd. The earbuds supply an amazing surround sound home theater like quality, and the unique specially designed magnification system with adjustable focal length provides the quality and resolution you expect from systems costing hundreds of dollars. TV Visor’s optical resolution meets or exceeds wear-on eyeglass with battery powered viewers. No batteries are required! Your expensive iPod, iPhone or MP3 player fits snugly in a secure pouch and is protected from the elements. Holes are provided so you can use your camera without glare, even at the beach, while sand stays away from your gear.

TV Visor blocks out sound and light, turning an ordinary experience into an extraordinary theater experience. You will be engrossed in your favorite TV Show or YouTube movie in no time. Try it, and you won’t put TV Visor down.

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Price: $29.95

(Please note prices are subject to change and the listed price is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of posting)

World’s First Solar iPod Speaker

Hammacher Schlemmer presents the world’s first solar iPod speaker harnessing the power of the sun to listen to your favorite tunes. Your iPod docks into the speaker, drawing power from its rechargeable lithium battery which stores the sun’s energy. The device is ideal for poolside gatherings or boating because it resists splashing water from all angles per its IPX-4 waterproof rating. Housed within a rugged, rubberized and aluminum body, its two 5-watt, full-range speakers provide crisp highs, balanced mid-ranges, and resounding, bass-boosted lows.

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Price: $199.95
(Please note prices are subject to change and the listed price is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of posting)

Optoma EP-PK-101 PICO Pocket Projector

The Optoma PICO Pocket Projector connects to the iPod, iPhone and iTouch with included bundled connection kit as well as camcorders, DV-Cams, digital cameras, DVD players and other video players. The only gotcha is that the PICO will not connect to a notebook computer, PC, PDA, cell pone or other device unless the device has composite output. Using DLP Pico technology, the projector can display up to 60 inches using a LED light source.

With the PICO, you can carry your projector wherever you are for work or perhaps a movie night out on the back porch. Using an iPhone or iPod you can have an instant theater on the go.

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Price: $229.00
(Please note prices are subject to change and the listed price is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of posting)

Power Bullet Charger

There’s nothing worse than a gadget with no power. Really, it’s a sad thing that provides Geeks like us an endless amount of content for our dreams. I shutter to think of a time where I forget to charge my iPad overnight for example… the limp and lifeless body of the iPad just laying in my arms with no chance of providing access to my books, photos, videos, magazines, productivity tools or even access to ABC reruns or any of my favorite apps. This is a dark and cold place that I don’t want to think about and as luck would have it, there are products like the Power Bullet Charger!

The unique aspect of this charger over other chargers is that you can use a standard outlet or car charger to charge 2 USB devices. Thinkgeek has these black beauties for under $15 so it’s within all Geek’s budgets!

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Price: $14.99
(Please note prices are subject to change and the listed price is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of posting)

Panasonic SC-SP100 iPod/iPhone dock just looks cool

panasonic ipod dock sc-sp100Sure, there are a million different iPod docks out there, but we just had to feature this one as it’s so unique and cool looking. The Panasonic SC-SP100 (great model name, eh?) is a universal dock for iPod and iPhones (except for iPod shuffles).

Plug your iPod/iPhone in and get 20W of speaker goodness that even includes a subwoofer. Sweet. One nice feature is the ability to still update your Apple iGadget with the USB cable plugged in.

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Price: $114.95
(Please note prices are subject to change and the listed price is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of posting)

Bheestie bag dries out your wet electronics

bheestie dry out bagDrop your cell phone in a pool, got water splashed on it, or worse yet, did it fall in the toilet?! Well here is some inexpensive help without having to buy a new phone – the Bheestie electronic dry out bag.

Bheestie, which means ‘servant who draws and carries water’ is simple bag that contains beads that are super moisture absorbers. Once your phone or other piece of electronics gets wet, place it in the bag for 24-72 hours (depending on how wet it got).

The Bheestie bag will last about a year, depending on how heavily you use it. If you are prone to moist accidents, then you should snag a Bheestie bag right away, because you’ve got to start drying our your equipment immediately after it gets wet. If it sits for a while, the damage may be irreversible.

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More info from the manufacturer
Price: $20.00
(Please note prices are subject to change and the listed price is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of posting)

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